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Let Coburn Google that for you


CFN

Gazette staff
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, really hates government waste. Each year, he compiles a report showcasing government spending he deems ridiculous. Though he still has the rest of the year to drum up his 2014 report, he’s not wasting any time. This time, he’s after the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waste not

Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts takes on a major sustainability effort during this year’s event.


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Ben Felder
The inspiration to offer recycling and composting at the Festival of the Arts came several years ago, when volunteers noticed artists were taking their water bottles back to the hotel for recycling.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Growing pains

Commercial growth in the Uptown district has some residents concerned with parking, noise and historic preservation.


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Ben Felder
Residents of Heritage Hills, south of NW 23rd Street, successfully lobbied the Oklahoma City Council last week to deny a rezoning request for a new medical spa on Broadway.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Uphill battle

Democrats look for gains in urban districts and with progressive and Hispanic voters.


News

Ben Felder

Editor’s note: Oklahoma Gazette’s 2014 election coverage begins with a look at Oklahoma Democrats. Pick up next week’s issue for a preview of Republican races and strategy.

 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Same-sex showdown

The 10th Circuit Court hears arguments for and against gay marriage rights in Oklahoma.


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Ben Felder
Following last week’s 40-minute hearing in front of the United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Oklahoma will now wait for a ruling on whether its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Walk this way

Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be completed and add 65 miles of pedestrian-friendly travel to the cityscape.


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Ben Felder
Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly 65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Metro briefs

Council moves forward on chickens ordinance


News

Ben Felder
The Oklahoma City Council is moving forward on a backyard chicken ordinance. A public hearing was held this week, and the council is expected to cast a final vote on May 13.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hear the music

Celebrations continue this month as OKC hits its 125th birthday.


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Ben Felder
Sitting in the shadow of modern skyscrapers and the rise of a new Oklahoma City are four concrete buildings that contain nearly 80 years of OKC history.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nursing know-how

A U.S. Air Force veteran finds a second career in his 60s.


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Danniel Parker
U.S. Air Force veteran Tim Mander didn’t want a second career as a Walmart greeter.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oklahoma City hires new parks and planning heads

One familiar face and one new arrival will take over top city positions.


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Ben Felder
Oklahoma City Manager Jim Couch announced the hiring of two department heads today.
 
Monday, April 21, 2014

Sidewalks are some of earliest MAPS 3 projects to be complete


News

Ben Felder
Sidewalks don’t grab the spotlight like convention centers and streetcars, but Mayor Mick Cornett called the planned addition of nearly 65 miles of new sidewalks across the city one of the most important parts of Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3.
 
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Circuit Court hears case for Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban


News

Ben Felder
Following Thursday’s 40-minute hearing in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Oklahoma will now wait for a ruling on whether its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
 
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Religious beliefs only go so far for Hobby Lobby


CFN

Gazette staff
Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma City-based craft store, believes it’s a violation of the company’s religious beliefs to pay for emergency contraception for its employees. But when it comes to making money off those same contraceptives, the retail chain doesn’t appear to be as convicted by its morals.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moore sends hate runnin’


CFN

Gazette staff
Counter-protesters chased Westboro Baptist Church protesters away from Central Junior High in Moore on April 6, KOCO reported. As a result of the deadly May 20, 2013, tornado, Plaza Towers Elementary students attended Central until a new school could be built.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tea Partiers for T.W.


CFN

Gazette staff
Can Tea Partier and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s endorsement help Republicans win empty senate seats? Former House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton), sure hopes so. Shannon is looking to fill state Sen. Tom Coburn’s position when he retires at the end of this congressional session.
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
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